East End celebrate 40 years in style

EAST END UNITED - The 40th Anniversary Gala dinner was held on Friday night in Hotel Kilkenny.  A crowd of over 200 people attended the event, including Gerry Cleere and John Brennan who travelled from England.  A slideshow of photographs taken throughout the 40 years was shown during dinner to shouts of laughter as people were recognised. Club chairman David Crocky Ryan welcomed all to the event and kept everyone entertained with a witty speech which as promised did not go on too long! MC for the night was John Kinsella who did an excellent job. Presentations were made to the founding members of the club, Milo Dillon, Joe Holohan, Noel Ryan on behalf of Mickey Ryan and Shane Wemyss on behalf of John Wemyss, RIP. Patrick O’Neill accepted a presentation on behalf of his father, Pat (Senator) for his long service to the club. Pat was unable to be present. Michael(Bonetti) Burke was also recognised for his sterling service to the club Club Person of the year award went to Frankie Ryan in recognition of all the work carried out by him through all the years.  This award was made by Kathleen Conway in memory of Charlie Dick Conway. Player of the year awards were also given out.  A Team, Player of the Year, Robbie Ryan and Michael O’Neill, B Team, Jamie Monahan, Ladies, Jennie Brennan, Young Ladies, Zara Brennan. Bouquets were presented to Kathleen Conway and club secretary Patricia Dowling. As a follow on to the celebrations the Sean Keogh Memorial Cup was held on Saturday.  Adrian Keogh, son of the late sean Keogh, accepted a presentation on behalf of the Keogh family.

EAST END UNITED - The 40th Anniversary Gala dinner was held on Friday night in Hotel Kilkenny.  A crowd of over 200 people attended the event, including Gerry Cleere and John Brennan who travelled from England.  A slideshow of photographs taken throughout the 40 years was shown during dinner to shouts of laughter as people were recognised. Club chairman David Crocky Ryan welcomed all to the event and kept everyone entertained with a witty speech which as promised did not go on too long! MC for the night was John Kinsella who did an excellent job. Presentations were made to the founding members of the club, Milo Dillon, Joe Holohan, Noel Ryan on behalf of Mickey Ryan and Shane Wemyss on behalf of John Wemyss, RIP. Patrick O’Neill accepted a presentation on behalf of his father, Pat (Senator) for his long service to the club. Pat was unable to be present. Michael(Bonetti) Burke was also recognised for his sterling service to the club Club Person of the year award went to Frankie Ryan in recognition of all the work carried out by him through all the years.  This award was made by Kathleen Conway in memory of Charlie Dick Conway. Player of the year awards were also given out.  A Team, Player of the Year, Robbie Ryan and Michael O’Neill, B Team, Jamie Monahan, Ladies, Jennie Brennan, Young Ladies, Zara Brennan. Bouquets were presented to Kathleen Conway and club secretary Patricia Dowling. As a follow on to the celebrations the Sean Keogh Memorial Cup was held on Saturday.  Adrian Keogh, son of the late sean Keogh, accepted a presentation on behalf of the Keogh family.

This was an entertaining event with players aged from 22 up to 52 playing.  Adrian Keogh made the presentation to the winning captain John Brennan. Afterwards, a barbecue was held in Lalors Corner House. The Man of the Match Award went to John Brennan. Shane Wemyss made the presentation on behalf of the Wemyss family.The AGM will be held this Thursday night at 8pm in the Community Centre.  We would welcome all players, supporters and parents to the meeting.

DEVELOPMENT GROUP - The partnership of the Bennettsbridge Development Group/GAA in hosting the Annual Field day is sure to attract a large number of families to the event. The Field day will be held on Sunday, 24th June and the usual attractions will be on offer including a few surprise events. There will be fun for all the family, including Kayaking on the Nore, Archery, Wheel of Fortune, Golf, games to test your strength, face painting, hurling and camogie blitzes, dog show and craft exhibition. Surely, a date for the diary!

SYMPATHY - Sympathy is extended to Sean Nolan, Hillview on the death of his father, Paddy Nolan, Bohernatounish, Kilkenny.

Karate Club - Classes in Karate for Kids will begin in Bennnettsbridge Community Centre on Monday, 11th June and will run on an on-going basis every Monday from 3.15pm - 4pm. The ‘After-School’ Kids Only Karate Class is for boys and girls aged between 4 years and 12 years old. Members of the club will be taught karate techniques and self-defence drills. There will be a strong focus on physical fitness. Plenty of fun and games will also be incorporated in to the classes.  Karate has many proven benefits for kids both physically and mentally. Some of which are listed below:  Physical Benefits: Better movement and control; Improved flexibility; Increased fitness; The ability to protect oneself. Psychological Benefits: Improved confidence; Become more assertive; Improved self-esteem The classes will be run by the Budo Martial Arts Centre which is already very well established in Kilkenny and has a large number of kids who train regularly in the clubs other Kilkenny venues. The first class is free of charge for all kids interested in trying out karate. No special gear is needed, just turn up in a tracksuit and away you go. To sign up for the karate club please call Kevin on 086 3668669 to reserve your space. Please book your place early as space may be limited. Further information can be found on our website - www.budomartialartscentre.com.

PARENTS SEMINAR - Kilkenny County Childcare Committee is holding a Free Parents Seminar for parents of children aged from Birth to 6 years on 11th June 2012 in Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel from 7pm-9.30pm. The seminar will be facilitated by Dr. Mary Roche, Education Consultant and will explore how reading books aloud can support young children’s early language development. For further information or to book a place you can contact Deirdre Power or Julieann Tynan on 056-7752865

GAA - The sales of Piltown tickets are going very well and proceeds will help the GAA club to finance the various projects which are coming on stream. If you would like to purchase a ticket, contact P.J. 056 7727533 or any committee member.

LOTTO - No winner last week. Numbers chosen, 5, 7, 8, 13. Jackpot now stands at E7900. Consolation Prizes to Liam Bookle, Killarney; “Say Again”, c/o Fr Duggan; Lisa Cummins, Hillview; Seamus Keaney, The Longman and Eamonn Hanrahan, Castlegarden

CARDS - Winners of top prize at the Tuesday session of cards were, Margo Coogan and Larry Walsh. Second Prize went to, Bridget Cottrell and Jim Hynes Table Prize, Michael Teehan and Michael Phelan

WRITERS GROUP - There was a good attendance at the May meeting of the Bennettsbridge Writers Group hosted by Patricia Cullen, in her home at Woollengrange. Members are enjoying getting back to the “writing” after a long spell. The writers were delighted to hear that Joan Cleere has had an article accepted for the Ireland’s Own 2012 Anthology which will be published in September. Five hundred entries were received and Joan’s article in “The Memories Section” was highly commended. Next meeting will be in Anne Buckley’s on Wednesday, 27th June at 2pm

EAST END UNITED - East End Annual General Meeting takes place on Thursday 31st May 2012 at 8pm in the Community Centre.  We are looking for past and present members, parents & supporters of the club to attend.

GOLF - Bennettsbridge Golf Society held an outing in New Ross Golf Club on Saturday. New member, Gavin Lonergan came in First Place. Second was, Matty Byrne, Jnr., and Third place went to, Kevin Fennelly. The presentation was held in New Ross. Next outing, The President’s Prize and the venue will be Gowran.

TIDY TOWNS - Volunteers from the village joined with Tidy Town members on Saturday when great work was carried out on the Kilkenny and Thomastown Roads. It’s great to see the village looking so well and as already requested, everyone is asked to do their bit to help by keeping their own area tidy and litter free.

notes-EMAIL - Items for inclusion in the Bennettsbridge Notes should be e-mailed to joancleere@gmail.com on or before Sunday at 6pm. Alternatively, contact Joan at 086 8271379 or 056 7727416.